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Longboarder towed by moped seriously injured in fall

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 28-year-old Holland man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a longboard accident Tuesday evening.

The man was riding a longboard and being towed by a moped in the area of Aniline Ave. and Robar Dr. around 8:30 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

As the moped went faster, the skater lost control and fell. Authorities say he was not wearing a helmet.

The moped driver, a 24-year-old Holland man, was not hurt.

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Holland school evacuated after lightning strike

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) — A lightning strike forced students to evacuate South Shore Christian Middle School in Holland Tuesday.

It happened as storms rolled into the area just after 2 p.m.

Dispatchers told WZZM 13 News that smoke was coming from the roof and was in a small gym, too.

Cab driver unharmed after armed robbery

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A cab driver escaped injury during an armed robbery Monday afternoon.

Captain Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says the 27-year-old victim had been dispatched to pick up a fare at Whispering Pines Apartments in the area of 136th & Quincy shortly before 3 p.m.

As the driver arrived, the robber got into the cab, showed a silver handgun, and demanded money. The driver gave him an unknown amount of money, and the robber ran north toward Cascade Apartments.

Detectives are looking for him. He's described as a black man in his 20s, 140 lbs., 5'7", and wearing a black do-rag, a blue windbreaker, and white sunglasses with American flags embossed on the lenses. He also had a neatly-trimmed goatee, with more hair in the chin area, according to Capt. Bennett.

Anyone with information on the case should call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

New off-leash dog park considered by parks officials

  On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30PM at Hager Park, Ottawa County Parks officials will propose a new off-leash dog park. The public is encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the plans for nearby Grand Ravines Park. Ottawa County Parks is planning many improvements at its 187-acre Grand Ravines County Park in Georgetown Township. Along with an off-leash dog area, plans call for trails for hiking and biking, ravine overlooks, a lodge along the Grand River, access for fishing and kayaking and more. Although the plan identifies an area for the future dog park, not all details have been determined. This meeting is intended to present a concept for the dog park and get input from the public.  

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Deputies: Man shoots at ex-girlfriend, hides in woods

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man is facing several charges after investigators say he fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend.

It started around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Value Place Inn just off U.S. 31 and James Street in Holland Township.

Deputies say the man threatened the woman with a gun, then fired at her vehicle as she drove away. None of the bullets hit the woman or her vehicle.

Investigators soon tracked the man down to a home on 136th Avenue south of Quincy Street. The man ran out of the back door od the home and tried hiding in a wooded area. He was soon found by a police dog. The dog also found the man's gun.

The suspect is facing assault and weapons charges, in addition to a probation violation. He's expected to appear in court as soon as Monday. Deputies are not releasing his name until that court appearance.

Vintage boat show happens at Holland Museum

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- The 9th annual vintage boat show is taking place at the Holland Museum today.
The interactive show offers a glimpse into West Michigan's boating history. Organizers stopped by the News at Nine with a preview.

The Museum is located at 31 West 10th Street, between River and Central avenues in Holland. Please visit www.hollandmuseum.org for more information.

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right.